It being the New Year's resolution season, the top things on everyone's lists seem to be eat healthy and save money.
However, these aren't just goals to which we should aspire once a year. Everyone would probably agree that we always want to save money and we always want to eat healthy.
But take a look around the grocery store, and you quickly come to a reasonable conclusion: It's cheaper to chow down on a box of Ding Dongs than eat a bag of salad.
True, that's an apples-to-oranges comparison, but let's be honest: We all know it's better for you to eat apples and oranges than Ding Dongs (with all due respect to the good people at Hostess).
But eating healthy doesn't have to be expensive. You can transfer that excess weight from your belly to your wallet by making some simple changes.
No. 5: Switch to tap water
No one could possibly argue that a can of soda is healthier than a bottle of water. Obviously, the healthier choice is water. But it isn't just health that matters. Some 12 packs of soda can cost as much as $5.
Bottled water might seem like a good alternate, but it is still very pricey, and you're really not doing yourself any nutritional favors.
Bottled water comes from the same sources as municipal water, meaning it just comes from someone else's tap. If you want another layer of protection, use a water filter. A $7 Brita filter cleans 40 gallons of water.
Sure, a cup of water doesn't taste like a cold Coke, and sometimes you need that drink. But it doesn't have to be the cornerstone of your diet. Make the bulk of your fluid consumption water and have soda as an occasional treat.
No. 4: Watch the ads
Grocery stores do a great job of letting you know when they have sales. Not only does a flier probably come in your Sunday paper (if you still get one), you can find them at the front door of the store.
If you're an Interweb type (you are reading this online, after all), your local grocery store probably has its current ad online.
The point is this: Use those ads, and not just to find out if barbecue chips are cheaper this week than sour cream and onion. Find out which fruits, vegetables and lean meats are on sale.
While you might have always bought the same things, check the ads and step outside of your comfort zone. Maybe you always buy fish sticks. This week, if halibut is on sale, give some of that a try.
No. 3: Eat more eggs
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. At least so says every diet book, website or episode of "Oprah" we've ever laid eyes on. But if it's so important, why are we digging into a giant bowl of Supr Frooty Oats-n-Marshmallowz every morning? Because they are easy to make and they taste really, really good.
A better option is found under your local chicken.
Eggs are loaded with vitamins and protein, and cost around a dollar a dozen.
But won't eggs jack your cholesterol to the moon and lead to your untimely death? No. While eggs take a bad rap for hurting your cholesterol levels, they are not tied to blood cholesterol.
And eggs aren't just for breakfast. Nowhere does it say that you can't scramble up a bunch for dinner.